DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2010 Grant Recipient
(Orchestral Instrument) Winner
Stéphane Tétreault is a 17-year-old student who will begin a Bachelor of Music degree at Université de Montréal this autumn. He has studied violoncello for over seven years under the tutelage of Yuli Turovsky, as well as being tutored in orchestral conducting, music theory and arrangement, and piano performance. He has participated with distinction in numerous solo and chamber music competitions, achieving a number of first place rankings, as well as giving solo performances with chamber ensembles of I Musici de Montréal, Orchestre l'Orchestre Métropolitain and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, in venues that have included Place des Arts and Carnegie Hall.
In submitting the nomination for The Hnatyshyn Foundation orchestral instrument (strings) grant, Christiane Laflamme, Vice-Dean of Performance Studies of the Faculty of Music at Université de Montréal identified Stéphane Tétreault as having obtained excellent results in all his admittance tests (i.e. sol-fa/dictation, theory, writing, analysis, music composition and history, instrumental audition, etc.). ‘There is no doubt this young musician has all the qualities to excel in university and pursue a brilliant international career.’
In adjudicating M. Tétreault’s performance submissions, the jury for orchestral instrument – which included: Philippe Djokic, P rofessor of Violin, Dalhousie University, Halifax; Lynn Kuo, violinist; Assistant and Guest Concertmaster, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Toronto; and Richard Roberts, Assistant Professor of Violin, McGill University, and Concertmaster, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – commended his warm, musical playing for achieving precise dynamic contrasts with solid intonation and excellent, convincing interpretation, and demonstrating the type of playing that is destined for a solo career. He was recognized as a highly developed, technically proficient, and musically assured talent, possessing an ease and virtuosity giving the impression of listening to a musician of much more experience.